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Alexandra Arambula, Plan II Honors/Biomedical Engineering Senior, Named 2013 Outstanding Student by Texas Parents Association

Posted: December 1, 2013
Texas Parents Outstanding Students Alexandra Arambula and Clark Plost enjoy a game-time spotlight with Gage Paine, vice president for Student Affairs, on Nov. 2.

Texas Parents Outstanding Students Alexandra Arambula and Clark Plost enjoy a game-time spotlight with Gage Paine, vice president for Student Affairs, on Nov. 2.

By Joshua Cook, Division of Student Affairs
Published: Dec. , 2013

Texas Parents Outstanding Students Alexandra Arambula and Clark Plost enjoy a game-time spotlight with Gage Paine, vice president for Student Affairs, on Nov. 2.

Among the more than 50,000 students on campus, certain individuals emerge as leaders, making a lasting impression on their peers and the university. This year’s Texas Parents Outstanding Student Awards showcase two such students: seniors Alexandra Arambula and Clark Plost.

With their impressive academic records, selfless service, strong leadership and impeccable character, Arambula and Plost personify the university’s motto, “What Starts Here Changes the World.” They were honored Nov. 1 at the 62nd annual Celebration of Leadership Dinner, hosted by Texas Parents, part of the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of the President.

Alex Arambula: Researcher and Mentor

Arambula is completing her final year in biomedical engineering and Plan II with a pre-med concentration. Always interested in a medical profession, she became intrigued by research after attending a high school engineering summer camp at UT Austin.

“When I graduated high school, my classmates basically said I should go out and cure cancer,” she said in a video shown at the awards ceremony. “Coming into UT I was really excited about that.” She joined Professor George Georgiou’s lab at UT Austin and has worked with a therapeutic enzyme that can treat some forms of methionine-dependent cancers.

Another of her passions is guiding others. “I was a FIG mentor for three years and I have been a senior preceptor for the PLUS (Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying) Program,” she added. “Mentors have been a really important part of my life, so any way that I can give back to others that way is something that I love to do.”

Arambula, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, also worked with a local hospice and Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents are affected by cancer. She says those experiences have been pivotal in her life and she ultimately hopes to integrate technical and humanistic medicine in the field of clinical research. “I think combining my passion for research with my passion for relationships as a physician is somewhere that I would like to see myself,” she said.

Arambula’s also a Normandy Scholar and involved in the Plan II Pre-Medical Society, LeaderShape-Texas, Tau Beta Pi and the Engineering Chamber Orchestra where she plays piano.

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Alexandra Arambula and Vice President of Student Affairs, Gage Paine at the awards dinner.

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